Mayor Eric Adams won’t be attempting to break his predecessor’s Groundhog Day curse this year, because he’ll be attending to more serious matters — the Wednesday funeral for slain NYPD cop Wilbert Mora.
“Mayor Adams will be attending the funeral of Police Officer Wilbert Mora on Wednesday morning,” mayoral spokesman Fabien Levy told The Post in a statement Tuesday. “As Police Commissioner [Keechant] Sewell so aptly put it, Officer Mora was three times a hero — for choosing a life of service, for sacrificing his life to protect others, and for giving life even in death through organ donation.”
“Mayor Adams, like New Yorkers across the city, will mourn for Officer Mora tomorrow as he speaks at the funeral, but hopes he can join in-person Groundhog Day activities in years to come,” he added.
Mora, who died last week at 27, will be mourned Wednesday morning at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. One of the two NYPD officers gunned down in an ambush shooting in Harlem, Mora will also be given a hero’s farewell at his wake at St. Patrick’s on Tuesday evening.
Adams will attend that 6 p.m. tribute as well, according to his public schedule. Adams, a retired NYPD captain, also attended Rivera’s funeral.
Last week, hundreds of NYPD cops lined the streets of the Big Apple to pay tribute to Mora, as his body was moved to an Upper Manhattan funeral home during a solemn “dignified transfer” ceremony. The Wednesday funeral will come less than a week after a sea of blue filled several blocks on 5th Avenue for the funeral of his partner, Jason Rivera, 22, who died on Jan. 21 after they responded to a domestic disturbance that evening.
Mora was removed from life support days later and his organs were harvested for donation.
Meanwhile, the Staten Island Zoo is set to hold the annual Groundhog Day celebration virtually at 7:20 a.m. Wednesday without the new mayor there.
In February 2014, then-Mayor Bill de Blasio infamously dropped Staten Island Chuck’s 10-month-old stand-in, Charlotte, during a Groundhog day event, when the celebrity rodent is tasked each year with superstitiously predicting if the frigid winter temperatures will continue or turn to an early spring.
The groundhog had fallen nearly 6 feet after de Blasio lost his grip as the furry animal tried crawling up his arm. The winter weather forecaster wound up dying of “acute internal injuries” a week later.
In subsequent years, de Blasio opted to skip the event.
De Blasio wasn’t the only Big Apple mayor to have Groundhog Day troubles.
After Staten Island Chuck chomped his finger in 2009, Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the furry weather prognosticator a “little son of a bitch” two years later.
More recently, New Jersey’s weather-predicting groundhog, Milltown Mel, died suddenly, according to a Sunday post on the groundhog’s Facebook page.